How to Keep Your Healthy New Years Resolutions
Did you know one in three Americans starts out the New Year with a resolution? The New Year is a perfect time for a fresh start or to rekindle your enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle. It can, however, be difficult to keep focused on goals in the long term. Here are some great tips to help you stay fit and focused!
1. Choose a challenging, but attainable goal. Instead of focusing on tackling the mountain, focus on small landmarks and steps. Some great examples are cutting back or eliminating cigarettes or sugary beverages, beginning an exercise program, taking up a new hobby, or donating time to charity. All are rewarding and will have a direct positive impact on your life!
2. Set a schedule! Plan ahead to decide when and how you will maintain your lifestyle change in the long term. Habits, once made, are easy to maintain, so regularity is key. If you are taking a new class or exercising, set aside the same days and times each week to set the new habit. Before you know it, it will be an established part of your routine!
3. Utilize technology. There are many great apps available for your smartphone to help keep you on track, such as “Coach.me”. They will help you track progress and remind you to keep up on your goals!
4. Reward small milestones. Giving up cigarettes? Reduce your intake in steps, and give your self a small reward each time a goal is met. A shopping trip, special meal, or trip to the movies can be perfect small rewards.
5. Make it FUN! The best part about becoming healthier, is that it can be fun! If you are beginning a new exercise regimen, try something that sounds more like play than work. Some great examples of awesome workouts that are also fun to do are Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Yoga, Zumba Dance Fitness, and joining a hiking club. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals is a great way to stay on target as well.
6. Be kind to yourself and don’t give up! If you feel guilt and remorse when you have a small set back or miss a workout, you are more likely to give up on the goal you have worked so hard to meet. Be proud that you are working so hard to improve your life, and make the next day a fresh start.